One of the inevitable highs and lows people experience in life is their motivation. No matter how much they fight it, they can’t help but be sidetracked from their goals and get stuck in a paralyzing rut. Not addressing it immediately could take a toll on our life satisfaction and well-being, in general. It isn’t easy to deal with, but you can learn ways to get back from a life slump.
Take a Break
You might have been too caught up with squeezing as much work in to meet piled-up deadlines at work or school or getting weighed down by the pressure’s society to be this and that at this age to the point that it’s all there is in your mind. When you’re overwhelmed by these things, you tend to forget that nature gives you all the chances to rest. Instead, it gets dark and silent at night to give you a restful sleep, your tummy rumbles to remind you that it’s time to eat, and your body succumbs to overwork that you get sick.
If you push yourself too hard, chances are you’ll get exhausted not only physically but more so, mentally. You drift away from your main motivations for doing things. You were either stuck in a repetitive routine, without an assurance you’ll attain the goals you set. You lose the sense of why you have to do these mundane things again and again. Or success comes one after another. You feel like you can’t stop while you’re riding a good momentum out of fear that you’ll lose good opportunities. So you neglect the importance of re-centering yourself to that one purpose.
As cliche as it sounds, you need to take a break from time to time. Part of the formula of success is rest, as it enables you to regain energy and helps you achieve more things. When you have the chance, get a solid eight-hour sleep rather than being engrossed with scrolling endlessly through social media. Consciously pull yourself off of things that only contribute to your stress, unhealthy food, toxic people, and triggers to past trauma.
Be Inspired by New Things
If you get tired of doing things that excite you, it does not always mean that it is no longer meant for you. Rather, it could mean that you need to break away from the cycle for now. Humans tend to get surfeited with objects or activities after being around for some time in their lives, but they can always rekindle their interest in the same things later.
Anyone would want to relive that spark they felt when they first tried something for the first time. To get over a slump, there are countless things you can do to get the sparkle back in your eye when returning to that one thing you have always been passionate about.
Why not spend your weekends learning a craft? To facilitate continuous learning, subscribe to a crafting kit you can receive monthly. Or enroll for a life skill course like swimming or driving. Becoming good at something other than your work or simply tapping into your creative faculties from time to time could boost your self-confidence and, therefore, help you recover from a rut faster.
Revisit Your Vision
If you can, get away somewhere peaceful. That helps you connect with nature and get back to your planning or vision board, whether you have a physical note or a paradigm that exists in your head. You may find that the strategies you originally set to follow do not work with the current scheme anymore. Reflect on how you may have reacted lately to setbacks and sort these emotional responses into negative and positive ones. Program how you can counter these negative emotions with self-affirming thoughts moving forward.
While you’re at it, recollect all the things in your life that you are thankful for having and that help you become a better version of yourself. Embrace the people in your support group, your talents, your resources, past achievements, and learning from previous adversities. Then, get to a more empowering stage in your meditation. Look at how things you’re endowed with can aid you in reaching your goals and remind yourself that, if you don’t achieve these goals right away or the way you want to, you will be all right anyway.
A slump is such a terrible mind space to be in because it gets us stuck no matter how much we want to get out of it. But, going through this excruciating phase sometimes gives us the best life lessons. The important thing is to be introspective and get back to the game more self-aware and nimble with the right actions and decisions.